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Presentation made at the Forestry College, Ponnampet in 2010 on the work of F N Betts as an inspiration for ornithologists in Coorg

Presentation made at the Forestry College, Ponnampet in 2010 on the work of F N Betts as an inspiration for ornithologists in Coorg

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    • F N Betts (1906-1973) An introduction to his ornithological contributions L. Shyamal [email_address] Catriona Child
    • Shyamal, L. 2007. Opinion: taking Indian ornithology into the Information Age. Indian Birds 3(4):122-137 . Image: Wikipedia The historical context
    • Image: Smithsonian Museum's website http://www.si.edu/.
    • The places
      • Halagote Tank
      • Hebbale (Ixobrychus sinensis)
      • Palhalli near Seringapatam (Ranganathittu?)
      • Belur Golf-course near Somwarpet
      • Milkutty (Rocky crags near Somwarpet)
      • Yaslur (Alexandrine parakeet)
      • Brahmagiris
      • Fraserpet
      • Mysore
      • Belur
      • Kudremukh
    • Local knowledge
    • Problems with the books
    • Missed ?
    • Still unknown
    • Out of place
    • Timing
      • Betts,FN (1951) The birds of Coorg. Part I.
      • J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(1):20-63.
      • Wood snipe (Gallinago nemoricola)
        • 28-January 1938
      Rarities
    • Further study needed
    • Dummy nests
    • JBNHS 1937-1938 Ecological notes
      • 1951. The birds of Coorg. Part I. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(1):20-63.
      • 1951. The birds of Coorg. Part II. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(2):224-263.
      Consolidation
    • Concepts - niches, allopatry
      • The breeding seasons of the birds in the hills of South India - Ibis 1952
      • Based on 7 years, 573 nests of 140 species
      • Maximum bird-breeding activity after the winter minimum and least during the rains
      • Thanks Salim Ali and R E Moreau
      Looking at patterns
    • A lull during the rains
    • Seabirds on Aride
      • Birds of the Seychelles with Desmond Vesey-Fitzgerald (1940)
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    • Data collation
    • Large scale studies
    • Accumulating evidence
    • Seeing the difference
    • Keeping an eye on change
    • Fact or fiction?
    • From Garcia, CA et al. 2009 Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes: Challenges and Opportunities of Coffee Agroforests in the Western Ghats, India. Conservation Biology Slow changes can be missed 1977 1997
    • From Garcia, CA et al. 2009 Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes: Challenges and Opportunities of Coffee Agroforests in the Western Ghats, India. Conservation Biology An opportunity 2007
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